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12:30 AM ET, July 12, 2020

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Robert S. Mueller III / Washington Post:
Robert Mueller: Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so  —  Robert S. Mueller III served as special counsel for the Justice Department from 2017 to 2019.  —  The work of the special counsel's office — its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions — should speak for itself.
Washington Post:
Trump confidant Roger Stone leaped over thousands of inmates seeking clemency  —  President Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's sentence — over the objections of some aides and without the involvement of his administration's pardon office — allowed an old friend to jump to the front …
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why this Roger Stone commutation is not as controversial as some think  —  Washington was sent into vapors of shock and disgust with news of the commutation of Roger Stone.  Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin declared it to be “the most corrupt and cronyistic act in all of recent history.”
Discussion: Twitchy
USA Today:
Resolve after appalling Roger Stone commutation: Don't let Donald Trump break us, America.  —  This is truly the cul-de-sac presidency.  Every avenue of potential accountability is a dead end.  Donald Trump and his many enablers have made sure of it.  —  Now comes the Roger Stone protection racket …
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump's defiant help for Stone adds to tumult in Washington
Discussion: Fox News and Redstate
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:   Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon
Washington Post:
The once-mocked ‘Never Trump’ movement becomes a sudden campaign force  —  The grainy first-person testimonial arrived at 2 a.m. in late June.  A 40-year-old man with a thick southern accent — shirtless, the red ember of his cigarette glowing in the green twilight between drags — looked into his smartphone and began talking.
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
The Republicans Who Want to Destroy Trump
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Marisa Iati / Washington Post:
‘Blood on his hands’: In scathing obituary, woman blames governor for her father's covid-19 death  —  When her father died of covid-19 last month, Kristin Urquiza minced no words assigning blame.  —  Mark Urquiza, 65, should still be alive, his daughter wrote in a scathing obituary, published Wednesday in the Arizona Republic.
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Associated Press:
Coronavirus deaths take a long-expected turn for the worse  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A long-expected upturn in U.S. coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.  —  The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
Trump wears mask in public for first time during pandemic  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials …
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New York Times:   Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Wears a Mask Publicly for the First Time
Richard A. Friedman / New York Times:   Trump Says He ‘Aced’ a Cognition Test. What Does That Tell Us?
Gerald Tracy / WOAI:
‘I thought this was a hoax’: Patient in their 30s dies after attending ‘COVID party’  —  SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WOAI/KABB) - A patient in their 30s died from the coronavirus after attending what is known as a “COVID party,” according to health care officials.  Chief Medical Officer …
jsonline:
Absentee ballots didn't get counted because of late delivery, misdelivery and bad postmarks, post office says  —  MADISON - The U.S. Postal Service has identified hundreds of absentee ballots for the April election that never made it to voters or couldn't be counted because of postmark problems, a new report says.
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Ben Brachfeld / BKLYNER:   Your Absentee Vote May Not Count
Associated Press:   Mail carrier in West Virginia pleads guilty to attempted election fraud
Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
Scientists from the Wuhan virus lab have ‘defected’ to the West, reveals senior Trump ally Steve Bannon - as FBI gathers evidence that coronavirus pandemic was caused by an accidental leak  —  Experts from the Chinese laboratory at the centre of global suspicion over the coronavirus pandemic …
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
New York Times: Internal CDC documents warn full reopening of schools is ‘highest risk’ for coronavirus spread  —  (CNN)Internal documents from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that fully reopening K-12 schools and universities would be the “highest risk” …
Discussion: Mediaite, Gothamist, Chalkbeat and Reason
Washington Post:
Fauci is sidelined by the White House as he steps up blunt talk on pandemic  —  Trump hasn't talked to the scientist since early June, saying 'he's made a lot of mistakes.'  —  For months, Anthony S. Fauci has played a lead role in America's coronavirus pandemic, as a diminutive …
Ryan Goodman / Just Security:
Top Experts: DOJ's Bureau of Prison Blocking Michael Cohen Book about Trump Violates First Amendment  —  On Thursday morning, Michael Cohen, the president's former lawyer and fixer, was returned to prison.  Many readers like myself may have passed over the headlines of this particular event thinking it was unsurprising.
Discussion: Refinery29
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
‘Horrendous’: Fox News Condemns Racist, Sexist Comments Made By Tucker Carlson's Top Writer in Internal Memo  —  Fox News brass condemned the “horrendous and deeply offensive racist, sexist and homophobic comments” secretly made by Tucker Carlson's lead writer in an internal memo sent to employees Saturday.
Victoria Taft / pjmedia.com:
Portland Rioters Surround Car and Driver Shoots His Way Out  —  Every night for the past six weeks in Portland, Oregon, antifa and Black Lives Matter rioters, looters and vandals have turned what used to be a nice neighborhood in downtown into a war zone.  Portlanders are sick of it.
Discussion: Power Line
Jon Levine / New York Post:
Joe Biden's family racks up arrests for drugs, drunk driving — but no jail time  —  In August 2019, Caroline Biden, 33, a niece of former Vice President Biden, was busted in Lower Merion Township, Penn., for driving under the influence and without a license, public records show.
DW.COM:
Remembering the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of Bosniaks  —  In 1995, Bosnian Serb forces killed more than 8,000 mostly Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica.  Men who were directly or indirectly involved in the massacre hold key positions in Serbia's political and economic spheres.  —  Watch video
Wall Street Journal:
Covid-19 Cases Jump in Sun Belt Nursing Homes  —  Current surge that has mostly infected the young now shows signs of reaching more-vulnerable elderly  —  Covid-19 infections are accelerating in Sun Belt nursing homes, federal data show, a sign the coronavirus is reaching the most vulnerable people there.
Josh Blackman / Reason:
Why do law professors do what they do?  —  Law professors have almost complete autonomy over how they spend their time.  There are a few exceptions.  Administrations set class schedules.  Faculties dole out committee work.  Etc.  But for the most part, professors can unilaterally set the direction of their careers.
WTTG-TV:
Army's ‘Captain America’ who served nearly 12 combat tours dies by suicide after moving to DC  —  Master Sgt. Andrew “Andy” Christian Marckesano  —  The enemy could never break him, but what this decorated Green Beret eventually found was that his enemy was within.
David Lynch / Washington Post:
After the fastest recession in U.S. history, the economic recovery may be fizzling  —  United Airlines announced plans to lay off more than one-third of its 95,000 workers.  Brooks Brothers, which first opened for business in 1818, filed for bankruptcy.  And Bed Bath and Beyond said it will close 200 stores.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Karl / Washington Post:
It's the duty of the White House press secretary to hold briefings.  But not like this.  —  Jonathan Karl, the author of “Front Row at the Trump Show,” covers the White House for ABC News and is president of the White House Correspondents' Association.  —  On the Monday following President …
Discussion: Mediaite
 
 
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Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Reza Aslan Reveals How CNN's Jeff Zucker and Trump ‘Canceled’ Him Over a Tweet
New York Times:
Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
In a Term Full of Major Cases, the Supreme Court Tacked to the Center
Discussion: Human Rights Campaign
Martyn Mclaughlin / Scotsman:
Revealed: Trump plans to build new ‘world class coastal retreat’ in Scotland
Roger Sollenberger / Raw Story:
Hate group that took as much as $1 million in pandemic relief appears to have no income or employees
Emma Parry / The US Sun:
‘NYMPHOMANIAC’ Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell ‘filmed powerful people having sex with underage girls’
Washington Post:
On a D.C. street beset by gun violence, calls to fix policing, not defund it
Discussion: Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
Scoop: Don Jr. plans convention-week Biden book
CNN:
Democrats, it's too soon to cheer Trump's defeat
Discussion: Sputnik News and Instapundit
Nathan L. Gonzales / Roll Call:
Rating changes: Democratic control of Senate more likely because of Trump
Discussion: The Guardian
New York Times:
In Latin America, the Pandemic Threatens Equality Like Never Before
Christine Byers / KSDK-TV:
McCloskeys served with search warrant, police take rifle shown in viral pictures
Sonny Soleil / WTF Florida?:
Commissioner who Voted Against Masks in Critical Condition with COVID-19
Discussion: WJXT-TV and Florida Politics
Andrew Feinberg / The Independent:
White House insiders are worried that ‘unhinged conspiracy theorists’ …
Discussion: Raw Story, Twitchy and NBC News